Funky Divas

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Funky Divas
En Vogue - Funky Divas Cover.jpg
Studio album by En Vogue
Released March 24, 1992
Recorded May 1991 – January 1992
Genre
Length 52:18
Label Eastwest
Producer
En Vogue chronology
Remix to Sing
(1991)Remix to Sing1991
Funky Divas
(1992)
EV3
(1997)EV31997
Singles from Funky Divas
  1. "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
    Released: March 17, 1992 (US)[1]
  2. "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
    Released: June 11, 1992 (US)[2]
  3. "Free Your Mind"
    Released: September 24, 1992 (US)[3]
  4. "Give It Up, Turn It Loose"
    Released: November 19, 1992 (US)[4]
  5. "Love Don't Love You"
    Released: January 29, 1993

Funky Divas is the second studio album by American recording group En Vogue, released by Eastwest Records on March 24, 1992 in the United States. As with En Vogue's first album, Born to Sing, Funky Divas includes lead vocals by each member of the group on different songs. It became their highest selling album to date and one of the top selling albums of the year, selling over five million copies worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B−[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
Orlando Sentinel 4/5 stars[9]
The Philadelphia Inquirer 3.5/4 stars[10]
Q 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[13]
Select 3/5[14]

Funky Divas received widespread acclaim from critics. In his retrospective review, Allmusic editor Jose F. Promis wrote that "combining sass, elegance, and class with amazing vocals and perfect production, this delightful set stands as one of the 1990s definitive pop albums." He found that he album "is basically free of filler" and called it the "era's most diverse, dazzling, and exciting pieces of work."[5]

Singles[edit]

The lead single, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", became an instant hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying video for "My Lovin'" won two MTV Video Music Awards. The song samples the funk guitar line of James Brown's 1973 song "The Payback" from the album of the same name.

The second single, "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (a cover of the Aretha Franklin hit from the film Sparkle), also became a top ten hit on the US Hot 100 (and also their fifth number 1 single on the US R&B chart). Another Franklin song from Sparkle, "Hooked on Your Love", is also on the album, as is a rendition of The Beatles' hit "Yesterday".

The third single, the rock-infused "Free Your Mind", became another top ten hit. In the UK, the single made the top 20 and was backed with "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", which had failed to make the UK top 40 by itself earlier that year. The video for "Free Your Mind" won three MTV Video Music Awards in 1993.

By the time the fourth single, "Give It Up, Turn It Loose", was released in late 1992, the Funky Divas album was already certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. The single gave the group another UK Top 40 hit (No. 22).

The fifth and final single released from Funky Divas was "Love Don't Love You", which was remixed for its release. The video for the single consists of clips from previous En Vogue videos "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Free Your Mind", as well as two of their 1990 videos "Lies" and "You Don't Have to Worry".

A second edition of the album containing the later hits "Runaway Love" and "Whatta Man" (with Salt-N-Pepa) was released in the UK in 1994. This edition of Funky Divas also includes remixed versions of "Hip Hop Lover", "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings", and "Love Don't Love You" (a different remix from the US single release in 1993), along with slightly altered artwork inside the CD booklet.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "This Is Your Life"
  • Denzil Foster
  • Thomas McElroy
5:05
2. "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
4:42
3. "Hip Hop Lover"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
5:13
4. "Free Your Mind"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
4:52
5. "Desire"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
4:01
6. "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
3:56
7. "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
4:13
8. "Give It Up, Turn It Loose"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
5:13
9. "Yesterday"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
2:30
10. "Hooked on Your Love"
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Foster
  • McElroy
3:35
11. "Love Don't Love You"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
3:56
12. "What Is Love"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
4:19
13. "Thanks (Prayer)"
  • Foster
  • McElroy
  • Foster
  • McElroy
0:43

Personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[15]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "En Vogue - Free Your Mind - Amazon.com Music". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "En Vogue - Give It Up, Turn It Loose - Amazon.com Music". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "Funky Divas – En Vogue". AllMusic. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  7. ^ Berger, Arion (April 3, 1992). "Funky Divas". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Connie (March 29, 1992). "En Vogue--Funky Divas for the '90s". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Gettelman, Parry (April 24, 1992). "En Vogue". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Carter, Kevin L. (March 26, 1992). "En Vogue: Funky Divas (EastWest/Atlantic)". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  11. ^ "En Vogue: Funky Divas". Q (69): 92. June 1992. 
  12. ^ Smith, Danyel (April 30, 1992). "En Vogue: Funky Divas". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "En Vogue". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 280. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  14. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (May 1992). "En Vogue: Funky Divas". Select (23): 66. 
  15. ^ Personnel at allmusic
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  27. ^ "Canadian album certifications – En Vogue – Funky Divas". Music Canada. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  28. ^ "British album certifications – En Vogue – Funky Divas". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2018-02-03.  Enter Funky Divas in the search field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – En Vogue – Funky Divas". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2018-02-03.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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